I have a similar problem that cbaker999 has. Sony support suggested that I reset the camera by taking out the battery, turning the camera on for 1 minute, turning it off, then reinserting ther battery - the camera workied for 1 day, then nothing worked again - no function buttons, playback, AF, or shutter. It would cost a flat fee of $225 to send it in for repair, if it's even repairable, with a 90 day warranty on the repair. My question: would it be worth repairing or is this a common problem wwith the a100? Should I be looking at getting a totally new camera - Canon or Nikkon?
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Sound like a malfunctioning
CCD-image sensor. Rare, but possible problem with your LCD screenviewer (I dont believed, if you can see Menu icons)... in both cases (LCD or CCD) this isn't a job that you could solve yourself; this wrong
images or abnormal colors, scratchy purple lines, blank or black pictures,
and/or black videos with good sound being recorded on the camera's flash
suggest check THIS LINK for additional details in this previous solutions for an Defective
CCD (Charge Coupled
Device) and next contact your Sony service. Istrongly suggest(taking intoconsiderationthe age of yourcamera) to
evaluatethe cost ofrepairversusthe
cost of anewcamerawith similarfeatures,before making afinaldesicion.
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Check the memory stick if its full and delete some photos......then try and take a shot.
the four red zeroes are counters for the number of shots u have taken.....it simply indicates you have a full memory stick.
Mine played the same trick on me too.
I also have a Sony Cybershot but its a W110. The battery indeed will die out when you don't use it. I usually take mine out of the camera and the life extends a fair bit. But sometimes the date and time will have been lost.
About your functions problem, there is most likely a damaged pin inside the spindle or a damaged circuit board which you cant really do much about. You can however take it to the reseller and claim on warranty if its still in the time of 1 year or 3 years extended. If its still within warranty and the reseller rejects it, ring SONY up and ask them.
This sounds odd, I know, but I found a solution that worked for me. I had exactly the same problem: picture taking was wonky, menu button, playback button wouldn't work. It would do this immediately upon starting up, every time.
What worked was when I adjusted the "exposure" by holding the +/- button and turning the little dial near the shutter button. It makes absolutely no sense, but somehow it suddenly started working perfectly again. And it hasn't glitched up again yet.
Hope it works for you, too.
I found an online manual for your camera. Page 84 talks about the USB Mode Normal with the 4 dots underneath. It also show a troubleshooting area for this and it is on page 96. Hopefully this will get your camera working right again. Here is the link to the pdf manual. http://www.docs.sony.com/release/DSCW1.pdf
This same thing happend to me awhile back. Camera seem to be dead for several weeks until one day I tried turning on and then off the night vision. The was the usual click inside the camera and all was well after that. I still use the camera.